Hemel Hempstead food business fined £14,800

A Hemel Hempstead food business has been fined £14,800 for breaching food safety, hygiene and animal welfare laws at its premises.

Hemel Foods Ltd and company director Ishrat Nasar were fined on 6 March 2020 after an investigation by our Environmental Health team.

On 11 September 2018, Environmental Health Officers visited the premises, known as Hemel Foods, in Bennetts End after receiving a complaint regarding poor food hygiene conditions and pests.

During this visit, we saw numerous contraventions including failing to put in place adequate procedures to control pests and a poor level of cleanliness.

The incorrect use of glue traps was also observed resulting in the unnecessary suffering of mice.

The officers advised the business operator of the work that needed to be carried out to comply with the law but further contraventions were witnessed on four more visits to the premises.

Mr Nasar was invited to attend an interview under caution on three separate occasions but failed to attend.

Following a trial at St Albans Magistrates' Court, the limited company and Mr Nasar were fined £7,400 each and were ordered to pay the full cost of the prosecution of £17,131.58, and a victim surcharge of £170 each.

Cllr Julie Banks, Dacorum Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: “We will always take action where we deem it necessary to protect the public. This case sends out an important message, highlighting the need for businesses to comply with food safety and hygiene laws and to take all appropriate measures in their business.”

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